I was looking back through my family’s photo albums recently. It is a great pleasure in our family to drag the albums out a couple of times a year and marvel at how funny we all looked in the 70s and 80s!
I know the pictures well; I love them! They are like those old stories you love hearing time after time – after time.
So it came as a big surprise to realise that there are hardly any pictures of me with my mum. She was always the one behind the camera, and whilst my brother and I gamely posed for photos in front of another landmark or for another occasion, it was rare that my dad, or anyone else, took the camera and turned it round on her!
I have become aware recently, that I am doing the same thing. I have precious pictures of my children that I cherish – I already adore looking back just a couple of years when their cheeks were chubby and their steps so stumbly! But there were very few pictures of them WITH me.
So I made a resolution. Not a New Years Resolution. But an ongoing resolution! I will take the time to stop; find a willing body and ask them to take a picture of my children with me. It doesn’t matter if I haven’t done my make-up, or that my hair hasn’t been brushed in what looks like days, or that I’m having a fat day! I want to capture these moments with my babies; before those babies are babies no longer.
The few photos of me and my mum really are pictures to cherish. Those pictures are the things that I would run back into a burning building to save (along with my children, obvs!). I adore looking back on them and I really do cherish them. And I hope, in years to come, my children will cherish the pictures of us together too!
Though, if I’ve got anything to do with it, there will be quite a few to choose from!
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